And now it's looking for a new owner to tame it.
It’s now anyone’s guess when Toyota will reveal the long-awaited reborn Supra, or whatever the automaker eventually decides to call it. We were anticipating its reveal at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, but it was conspicuously absent. Detroit is the next event on the auto show calendar in January, but Toyota has already confirmed the Supra won’t be making its debut there either, despite the fact that prototypes have been spotted being tested several times.
If you’re tired of waiting for the all-new model to arrive, one of the most unique last-generation Supras ever made will soon be going under the hammer at the upcoming Japan Auto Salon next month. This one-off, gold-colored 1994 Toyota Supra is the work of Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata (he earned his nickname from his signature tire smoking burnouts he would do before speed runs) from the Japanese tuning house Top Secret, a company that was founded in secrecy. As a day job, Nagata worked for Trust, the parent company for the Japanese tuning house GReddy, but at night he worked on engineering parts for his own cars and took on projects for others.
Management eventually found out, but refused to let Smokey leave the company. So they let him continue to work on other projects after hours as long as he kept it a secret from his co-workers, which led to him setting up the aptly-named Top Secret tuning company. One of his most extreme creations was this one-off Toyota Supra. You won’t find the Supra’s stock 3.0-liter inline six under the hood. Instead, Smokey’s Supra is powered by a 5.0-liter V12 from a Toyota Century luxury sedan. A pair of turbochargers and nitrous injection sends an insane 930 hp and 745 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. This level of performance was way ahead of its time in the 1990s aftermarket tuning scene.
To measure its prowess, Nagata took the car to the Nardo Test Track in Italy for a top speed lap attempt. In the souped-up Supra's fastest lap, it managed to hit a hypercar-rivalling 222.59 mph. No estimate has been given for how much this modified Supra will fetch, but you can guarantee it won’t be cheap.